Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Forgotten TV: Hearts Afire (1992)

The husband & wife team of Harry & Linda Thomason blessed CBS with a trio of sitcoms in the late 80's and early 90's.

Hearts Afire may actually be the lesser known of the three series (Designing Women & Evening Shade, the latter a return to series TV for Burt Reynolds, were the others), and also lasted the least amount of time, three seasons (1992-5). Hearts brought John Ritter back to CBS after having his last three series (Three's Company, Three's a Crowd, Hooperman) all on ABC. Ritter (ex-The Waltons) and Markie Post (ex-Night Court) headed up an ensemble that included future film star Billy Bob Thornton and TV vets Edward Asner (ex-Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Conchata Farrell (later of Two & a Half Men), and future stars like Beth Broderick (later of Sabrina The Teenage Witch).

Here's a network promo.

Before turning to acting, Markie Post was a producer for Goodson-Todman, and worked on their 1976 series, Double Dare. Hearts Afire gets its title from the first line in Earth, Wind, & Fire's 1975 song, "That's The Way of The World", which was also used as the theme during the first season.

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